The Art of Connoisseurship: Cultivating Expertise in the 21st Century

This talk features three connoisseurs—unquestioned masters in their subjects of expertise—who represent a broad range of fields within art, antiques, and design. Together, they explore what connoisseurship looks like today, how it is passed down through the generations, and what the future holds.

Friday, May 12



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In this conversation, renowned panelists representing different disciplines in art and design will approach the topic of connoisseurship from their unique perspectives. How is expertise in and appreciation for the fine arts cultivated today? How does this knowledge and taste shape collections and collecting habits? And how is connoisseurship passed to future generations? This talk will be recorded for a special edition of Artnet’s “The Art Angle” podcast, which will be published shortly after the event.

TEFAF Talks are interactive panel discussions exploring today’s most fascinating topics in the worlds of art, antiques, and design. Paired with leading content partners, these talks showcase the knowledge of leading experts in the broader TEFAF community. This talk is presented in partnership with Artnet and moderated by Andrew Goldstein, Editor-in-Chief, Artnet News.


Moderator: Andrew Goldstein, Editor in Chief, Artnet

Andrew Goldstein is the editor-in-chief of Artnet News, the world’s most-read publication covering the art world and the art market. Prior to joining Artnet, Goldstein was the chief digital content officer at Artspace | Phaidon and the editor at Artinfo. He has written extensively about art and culture for publications such as The New York Times, T Magazine, New York magazine, and Rolling Stone.

Dominique Lévy, Co-Founder, LGDR

Dominique Lévy is a renowned gallerist, collector, and advisor who believes in the potential of art to nurture meaningful change. From her start at Sotheby’s, Daniel Malingue, and Anthony d’Offay to the launch of the Private Sales department at Christie’s, the formation of her eponymous gallery, the co-founding of Lévy Gorvy, and now LGDR, Lévy’s career has helped shape the art world we see today.

Michael Diaz-Griffith, Executive Director & COO, Design Leadership Network, and author, "The New Antiquarians: Young Collectors at Home" (Phaidon/Monacelli)

Michael Diaz-Griffith is an art & design historian and Executive Director of the Design Leadership Network. Prior to joining the DLN, Diaz-Griffith served as Executive Director of Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation and as Associate Executive Director of The Winter Show. He is the author of “The New Antiquarians: Young Collectors at Home,” forthcoming from Phaidon/The Monacelli Press in June 2023.

Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan, Co-Founder of The Leiden Collection and Chairman of The Electrum Group

Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan is Co-founder of The Leiden Collection, the world’s largest private collection of Rembrandt and Dutch Golden Age art. He is also the Chairman of precious metals-focused asset management firm The Electrum Group, Co-founder and former Chairman of felid conservation leader Panthera, and Chairman of the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH).

Image: Detail of Giovanni Paolo Panini, Modern Rome. 1757, © Gwynne Andrews Fund, 1952